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Chef in Training to Attend World’s Largest Culinary Olympiad

Jan 25, 2019 | Jessica Charette

(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – Canadore College second-year culinary management student Elina Seguin will be participating in the annual Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) in India next week.

Now in its fifth year, the YCO brings together young and promising future stars of the international culinary community with the intention of creating the opportunity for connection, celebrating diversity and culture, and sharing ideas and innovations through an exceptional industry-specific experience.

“This competition will allow me to gain new opportunities in the culinary industry and will push me to think of different ways to improve my skills,” said Seguin. “I know that I’ll be challenged to use my time effectively and to multi-task. Overall the Olympiad will open me up to new life experiences and possibilities.”

Canadore College was invited to join the competition as the only institution from Canada. Seguin will be accompanied by a mentor, recently retired culinary arts professor, chef Daniel Esposito. Esposito will help Seguin refine her strategy throughout the competition.

“I am absolutely thrilled to mentor Elina, a young and ambitious future chef, on this prestigious international stage,” said Esposito. “I believe the best way to nurture talents around the world is to showcase each other’s creative approaches. I feel very privileged to be able to take part in this gathering of culinary friendship and cultural learning.”

Seguin will compete in two ‘regional’ rounds in Delhi with the hopes of advancing to the final in Kolkata. Participants will be marked on creativity, culinary skills and techniques, adherence to good health and safety and hygiene practice, working method, minimal waste and best use of ingredients, professional appearance and attitude, dish presentation, as well as taste and flavour.

The competition will take place January 28 – February 2 in Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata, India.

Canadore College trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 75 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and provides success services to students from nearly 400 Canadian communities and 15 international countries. The College and its students add nearly $244 million to Nipissing Parry Sound Service Area economy. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 45,000 alumni working across the globe. Canadore receives less than 50 per cent of its traditional funding from the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and relies on its own innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors and generous donors for the balance.

For more information, please contact:  Jessica Charette at 705.475.2538 or; Carrie Richmond at 705.474.7600, ext. 5216 or



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